Review: Uninvited

January 23, 2014 book review 16

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Release Date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Uninvited #1
Pages: 384
Format: ebook ARC
Source: publisher

The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she’s destined to become a murderer.

When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

Before I get into the fun part, can I just say that I have some extreme cover love for this book? Look at the shiny DNA strands in her hair! Okay, now that that is out of my system, to the review!

UNINVITED was insanely good. It is easily one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. This book starts out so incredibly sad. Davy has everything ripped away from her the second she finds out that she is carrying the HTS (Homicidal Tendency Syndrome) gene. Her mother becomes afraid, her father distances himself, she gets uninvited from the prestigious school she attends, her future dreams are thrown away, and all her friends see her as a monster. It was heart breaking. I wanted to grab her best friend and her boyfriend and shake them for being so freaking ridiculous. Overnight they change. It doesn’t matter that Davy is exactly the same way she’s always been, she has been flagged, and therefore she must be a criminal. I could not even imagine going through all of that so fast.

Davy was a tremendous main character. I absolutely loved everything about her. Even though everything that could go wrong in her life has, she keeps her head up. Yes, she is extremely vulnerable and doesn’t fully understand why all this is happening to her, but she is not going to let this gene define her. She believes in herself and will do anything to convince the world that she isn’t another statistic. She’s brave beyond belief, in so many ways.

Sean, Sean, Sean. I have to kind of admit that I did not find him any bit attractive, physically or personality-wise at first. I just didn’t. But as Davy slowly gets to know the real Sean, and Sean allows himself to become more of an open book around her, I started to fall in love with him. He is the definition of a misunderstood character. He has been branded with the mark of a ruthless HTS carrier. He’s covered in other tattoos, is feared by the other guys in their class, and has a mysterious background. There’s something about Davy that lets that thick facade fade away. I couldn’t get enough of him! He was so sweet to Davy, even though not in the most conventional way. If I had been tested and found that I had the HTS gene, I’d want Sean to be by my side. I would feel like I could conquer anything.

The plot was a huge selling point for me. This world that Jordan has created is so realistic, it’s scary! Crime rates keep going up, more and more people are being identified as a carrier, and more and more carriers are rebelling against the inhumane treatment they are getting from society and the government. It’s all one giant downward spiral that just keeps getting worse and worse with each chapter. I could see this happening in our world and that is not a good thing. Part One is Davy trying to get adjusted to her new life. It was fast paced and had me glued all day and into the night. Part Two, while starting off a bit slow, is where everything changes for Davy. Again. Everything gets worse. Davy learns how to be tough and what it truly means to be an HTS carrier. The plot thickened, had some crazy plot twists, and vamped up the suspense. Davy did get a bit whiny sometimes with trying to convince herself that she wasn’t a killer, but the second half of the book was mind grabbing nonetheless.

UNINVITED promised a world with realistic and terrifying consequences of what would happen if you have the Homicidal Tendency Syndrome and it certainly packed a huge punch. It absolutely delivered. Jordan has created a winner in this book and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next installment. You have to read this!

5 Thought Clouds!
I received an ebook ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


16 Responses to “Review: Uninvited”

  1. Summer McDaniel

    Hear that? I’m sighing with relief. I love the cover as well and am ecstatic that you loved this one so much! That you grew to love both characters is a plus, but I instantly went from “oh, I want” to “NEED” when you mentioned the realistic setting and plot. WIN.

    • Christine P

      I was so anti-Sean at first but the author had a great way of dropping subtle remarks and actions that made me do a complete 180 for him. I hope you get to read this soon! You’re going to have to let me know when you do. Can’t wait to see what you think!

  2. Cait

    I SO want to read this one! I didn’t notice the DNA strands in here hair… o.O That is so cool!!! I’m so ready to read a book where the plot is intense and riveting. The last 3 books I’ve picked (I’m not such a good picker!) have been quite boring plot wise. Dang. I should haunt NetGalley and see if I can get approved. 😉

    • Christine P

      Isn’t it?! I bet the hardcover is more shiny or sparkly in the DNA sections. If not, it would be so cool if it was! I’m getting really good at picking books I think I’m going to like. I also skim other’s reviews before I start. If I see that some of the pickiest bloggers out there are absolutely loving a book, I know I’ve got to read it! Ahem, YOU NEED TO READ THIS!!

  3. Kirsty-Marie Jones

    I just keep staring at the hair. So glad you enjoyed it, I loved it, too. I just wish with what happened with her friends and her boyfriend, that it made her stronger from the beginning, and that she accepted herself more, but I do get why it was done the way it was, definitely more realistic. Also, the questions of creating murders and the morals. And especially the time old ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ with Sean and the branded- which Davy finds out. So can’t wait for the next! Great review. 🙂

    • Christine P

      Yeah, that’s completely true. I didn’t even think about writing that in my review. You’re so right, though. If I had friends who had been that awful, I would’ve bucked up and become a stronger person pretty fast. I would be so tired of people like that walking all over me that I would vow to never let it happen again. I’m super excited about the next book! I’m just hoping that Davy doesn’t become too dependent on Sean and becomes the whiny protagonist. I would hate that.

  4. Natalie Natflixandbooks

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I started reading my ARC and got about 20% into it, but ended up getting distracted when I couldn’t get into it completely. I do plan on finishing it and have heard good things, so I’m hoping I just wasn’t in the mood for the type of story. I could tell that Sean was going to end up being a good character. I’ll have to give this another shot. Great review!

    • Christine P

      Oh no! I hope you do come back to it later and get more into it. I’ve done that so many times. I’ll start a book, find myself wishing that I was reading something else, set that down, and then when coming back to it a couple of books later, loving it. Let me know if/when you do pick it back up!

    • Christine P

      I had a feeling he was going to turn out to be a good guy but there was just something about his initial characterization that put me off for a bit. Glad he did turn out to be such a great character!

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